Faithful Listening - Faithful Learning Scholars Program

Learn More About the FLFL Scholars Program

The Faithful Listening/Faithful Learning Scholars Program is new in 2017 and brings together students and faculty who enjoy intellectual pursuits and thrive on a dialog that takes place in an environment of open souls, hearts, and minds that honors and welcomes every voice to the table. This reflects the Catholic Intellectual Tradition that recognizes the search for Truth as unending and teaches that the dialog should be inclusive of persons and points of view.

The program provides a safe and confidential environment within which this dialog is fostered for the benefit of all participants. Dialogs will be dialogs of faith and reason, deepened by the awareness that “Faithful Listening” will open doors to new insights and resonances that can be transformational if one is open enough, trusts oneself and trusts others. Above all, the reception of optimal benefits rests in the conviction that God will bless humble hearts who park their egos at the door and surrender to the power of His InfiniteWisdom to bless.

The program provides an opportunity for integration of the University Mission and, by association, the Congregation’s Charism of Family and values into the teaching-learning experience of students and faculty at Holy Family University. The aim is to do this in a very clear and visible way so that the values are not hidden, but are addressed and appreciated in the process of applying them to a person’s individual struggle to balance faith and reason throughout the learning process.

The program offers a means to refine critical thinking skills. Through the sharing of stories, dialog, and reflection, the program encourages the discovery of life’s deeper meaning and significance. Additionally, the program strives to ensure that the deeper level of appreciation of life that is expected to develop embraces the Truth that the greatest meaning comes from the realization that humans were created as communal beings and happiness and fulfillment comes ONLY through SERVICE to others (FAMILY), and to God, who created us in His image.

The program is open to undergraduates, graduate, and accelerated students. Scholars must have a 3.25 GPA or above. The program requires a commitment of two years or more, while studying at Holy Family, or immediately following graduation, as long as the student still lives/works in the area. Ideally, a sophomore would continue in the program for three years, graduating from the program when they complete their baccalaureate degree.

The Faithful Listening-Faithful Learning Scholars Program begins with an initial reception at which Faculty Mentors meet their Student Mentees. Then, each semester, the mentors and mentees meet at dialog dinners where they discuss specific readings which all have had time to read and reflect upon in advance. New cohorts are added each fall and spring semester as appropriate. The cohorts meet separately both semesters. Annually, all cohorts are brought together in the spring semester for a broader dialog.

For undergraduates, the program for each cohort concludes in the second semester of the senior year with the required service project. Graduate and accelerated students are included in this, although some may complete their commitment in two years. Three, however, is optimal. A grand banquet is held in April at which the culminating successes of learning and doing are celebrated and recognition is given. Certificates of completion are given along with an award for the best culminating project. Students can plan their capstone project in any year, but they are not required to complete it until the final year.

Students who “graduate” from the FLFL Scholars Program receive Faithful Listening-FaithfulLearning Scholars Program academic cords to be worn at graduation. Their mentors receive their cords at the completion of their first semester of service prior to the next commencement. Faculty members are encouraged to wear the cords at commencement, thus promoting the program during the years before their mentees earn their cords. This is designed to be a prestigious program which everyone would consider an honor to join.


How Do I Apply to Become a Student Scholar or Faculty Mentor?

Online Application links are provided below. Please also review the Faithful Listening-Faithful Learning Pledge which guides participants and is recited at every dialog dinner.

Step 1: Review the Faithful Listening-Faithful Learning Pledge

Step 2: Submit Your Application Online


Have Any Questions?

Questions may be directed to Margaret Kelly, Vice President for Mission, who is the program facilitator. She may be reached by phone at 215-370-9524 or at mission@holyfamily.edu. All applications to participate should be sent to her at this mission e-mail.